the lower floors of the building are used as a shop and offices for mikimoto whereas the upper levels are rented as offices or multipurpose spaces.
as some of the windows in façade are located at the corners, it becomes obvious that the structure of the building is rather sophisticated.
the structural concept is based on the idea that the construction is maintained by its façade while leaving the interior without pillars. the steel plates of 1.2 cm were prepared and fixed with bolts networks in order to maintain a uniform thickness of 20 cm, and then concrete was poured between them. then, the prefabricated plates were transported and assembled on site. in order to guarantee a smooth surface, the exterior plates were painted and polished six times.
gps: 35.67375946044922 139.76589965820312 / code: japtok0030
location: japan, kyoto
architect: toyo ito